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problems of a different kind. san francisco symphony musicians went on strike this week. cancelling two concerts so far and putting in jeopardy a tour of the east coast that is starting next week. cy musiker, what is the core problem? >> the disagreement is over money. the musicians say that is the case. right now, the symphony management are offering a flat wage for the next year with a small increase a couple years out of two succeeding years and give backs on health benefits and pensions. the musicians say they want and what they want is parody with the very two best page orchestras in the country. chicago and los angeles. san francisco is one of the very top orchestras in the world along with chicago and l.a. it is also a dangerous comparison, i would say, chicago has had its own financial problems. endowment is not in great shape. a strike last fall there. there could be cutbacks in the future there. some of the management says we have gone through a recession. you got a 17% pay hike over a four-year contract. now we need to check ourselves to make sure we can keep our budget balan
on the picket lines in san francisco; plus, the women who helped win world war ii. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: police will have to get a warrant from now on before they bring drug-sniffing dogs on a suspect's property. the supreme court handed down that decision today, 5-4. justice antonin scalia wrote the majority opinion for a conservative-liberal combination. he found that using sniffer dogs without a warrant violates the fourth amendment's protection against illegal search and seizure. the republican governor of north dakota signed legislation today banning most abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. that means abortions would be illegal as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. governor jack dalrymple acknowledged it's a direct challenge to "roe v. wade," the u.s. supreme court ruling that legalized abortion. dalyrmple also signed the nation's first law banning abortions based on down syndrome and other genetic defects. the supreme court of indiana has upheld the broadest school voucher program in the nation. a unanimous decision
licenses at san francisco city hall as they have every year since 2004. they were turned away. >> it affects us in so many ways in our every day life. what we want is to be treated fairly. >> scott: i spoke with lieutenant governor gavin newsom recently about what compelled him to take a leading role in the gay marriage debate nine years ago. >> thanks for having me. >> scott: take us back to 2004. the marriage licenses began to be issued in san francisco. you had just gotten into office. what got into you? >> i went to the state of the union. nancy pelosi made a terrible mistake by giving me her husband's ticket to watch the state of the union. i was listening to the issues of the day. abstinence and drug testing. he would fulfill his private commitments now made public to ban same-sex marriage. it occurred to me at that moment that we had to respond as mayor of san francisco, it was an obligation. >> scott: you just decided, i think it was a thursday or friday and people started lining up. it seems to have come on suddenly. what conversation did you have with the city attorn
gases. they are monuments to waste. those concerns have prompted san francisco and a handful of other cities to aim for a once unthinkable goal. zero waste. in 2009, san francisco became the first city in the country to require that residents and businesses alike separate from their trash come postable items like food scraps and recyclable goods like paper, metals and plastic into separate bins. that has led to a big reduction in the amount of garbage headed to the landfill according to san francisco mayor ed lee. >> we're proud of the 80% diversion rate, the highest in the country, certainly of any city in north america >> reporter: lee likes to talk garbage. he touts the fact that the city's recycling and come posting law has helped the city keep 80% of its waste out of landfills. the national recycling average is just 35%. but lee wants the city to go even further. >> i think the 80% we're not going to be satisfied with that, spencer. we want 100% zero waste. this is where we're going. >> so i chop and then maybe you make the omlette. >> reporter: san francisco residents think it's
, rocks would come down, wash out the road, and by the 1960s, early '60s, san francisco developers proposed building tens of thousands of new housing units on the hills behind pacifica, the hills behind the little towns along the san mateo coast. caltrans in 1960 drew up a plan for a six-lane freeway that would have gone right up over the top of the mountain, pacifica, to the airport at half moon bay. environmentalists started fighting. got it slowed down in a lawsuit in 1962 then jerry brown became governor and sort of stopped the project. it was stopped for a while. in the '80s, cranked it right back up again. as many folks may remember, the sierra club community for green foothills and others, in 1996, they finally won this battle with a measure they put on the ballot in san mateo county. measure "t" for tunnel they used to say. it passed 74% to 26%. it took a while to get the money. you know, this project is one of the major environmental victories in the last 50 years on the northern california coast. >> they've made it a real environmental project. so the walls on the outside
elite silicon valley markets in some parts of san francisco, like pacific heights, they are actually above their peak values. these are places where the median home prices may be $3 million and now it's $3.5 million. the reason is deep pocketed people from tech industry. newly minted millionaires who they also have a lot of cash to spend and they want to be near silicon valley or near the buses to google or in the premiere parts in san francisco. >> is the new home construction business getting better, or are we still talking about mostly about existing homes in the competition? >> at the moment it's a little more existing homes. the bay area is constrained, especially san francisco and the closer in counties has always been there just isn't that much land to build. new home construction is slowly ramping up. that's hugely important for the economy because during the downturn, 2 million construction workers nationwide lost their jobs and those were good paying union jobs for skilled tradespeople. most of them did not get back to work in construction jobs. so, you know, it would reall
argentina of pope francis; an emergency manager for detroit; the bright lights on san francisco's bay bridge and japan's recovery, two years on. but first, the other news of the day. here's hari sreenivasan. >> sreenivasan: president obama went back to the capitol for a third day, bidding to build support for a long-term budget deal. he met today with both senate republicans and house democrats. but it was unclear how much headway he will be able to make. most republicans are balking at any additional tax hikes to cut the deficit. many democrats are opposed to substantial cuts in entitlement spending. the democratic led senate judiciary committee approved a new ban on assault-style weapons today. the bill would outlaw the sale of 157 kinds of semi-automatic weapons and limit ammunition clip sizes to 10 bullets. it passed on a party-line vote of ten to eight, with all republicans opposed. but it faces long odds in the full senate. the head of the transportation security administration is defending a proposal to allow small knives on passenger planes. the idea has provoked a backlash by pilots
of an innovation focus we're seeing in many communities in the united states, including san francisco >> sheldon, is everyone there in that city using this gigabyte that's coming to their door? >> no, no, not yet. the local company that ran the fine tore the home is just like any other service provider. you have to sign up for their service in order to receive -- in order to receive that service a lot of people are still on some of the more traditional service providers like at&t and come cast and people like that so you have to subscribe to that service and the minimum that you subscribe to is 50 megas a second which is still really fast. >> sreenivasan: why do we always tend to lump in infrastructure when it comes to building the digital superhighway. why is not not an accurate analogy? >> i think it is an accurate analogy with broad band as far as analogies go. the thing that's important to emphasize is that the challenge that communities like chattanooga have is not actually the speed of what we call the last mile connection which is the fiber to the home or the cable to the home which would
panel are carolyn said, "san francisco chronicle" reporter. jolie o'dell, venturebeat reporter. and andrew ross, "san francisco chronicle" columnist. earlier this evening president obama signed an order triggering automatic cuts in federal spending. this is because congress and the president failed to reach a deficit reduction deal. andrew, let's begin with you. how is california affected specifically? >> of all the states, california is affect
fights to keep accreditation. san francisco symphony fight over salary or benefits. >> we go on stage and we're judged. >> california's top judge calls on lawmakers to restore money to a court system crippled by budget cuts. >> i worry that california is on the wrong side. >> and a photo exhibition offers an inside look at the impact of war on the iraqi citizens as the iraq war's tenth anniversary approach approaches. >>> good evening. i'm scott shaffer from kqed magazine. welcome to "this week in northern california." we begin with news in the week. joining me is josh richman, bay area news group and cy musiker and then andrea koskey. today, an important deadline for city college of san francisco to submit its plan to keep accreditation. last year, the accrediting commission gave the embattled community college 14 conversi controversial reforms and people
started. the week of valentine's day, 2004, newly elected san francisco mayor gavin newsom, boldly, some said recklessly orders to grant marriage
michels reports on the musicians' strike that's darkened concert halls from new york to san francisco. >> woodruff: and we close with the story of the women who worked in a top-secret town in tennessee during world war ii. ray suarez sits down with the author of "the girls of atomic city." >> jane, one of the women i profile in the book, this is a very bright young woman who wanted to study engineering at the university of tennessee. no, i'm sorry. girl don't study that. she went on to be a statistician for the manhattan project. >> ifill: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life.
and betty moore foundation, investing in partnerships for environmental conservation, science and the san francisco bay area. the richard and rhoda goldman foundation, celebrating more than 50 years of innovative grantmaking. and the amgen foundation. additional support provided by -- the william k. bowes, jr. foundation. anne s. bowers, the robert noyce trust. the dirk and charlene kabcenell foundation. and the vadasz family foundation. support is also provided by -- >>> there was a time, not that long ago, when people felt that the playing field was level. back then, the only way to enhance your body was to combine discipline and hard work. but as the pursuit of human peak performance strays further into bioscience, technology is calling into question the very nature of what we mean by human potential. craig cisar is a professor of kinesiology at san jose state.
and the university of california san francisco, information gleaned from patients' genes may prove the key to identifying and treating a host of diseases, watkin's cancer among them. >> you know, you're not born to this world as a blank slate. you come into it with a certain genetic disposition. >> reporter: u.c.s.f. professor neil risch, the lead genetic researcher, says that his project and others that compile vast amounts of genetic information are on the verge of revolutionizing medicine. >> we can actually look to see how the genes that somebody has-- and they've had since they were born-- interact with environmental factors that actually work together to either increase or decrease risk of say heart disease or cancer or a whole variety of things. more than 200,000 kaiser patients in california over the last five years have volunteered saliva and blood samples for genetic analysis. those samples are processed at this kaiser lab using state-of- the-art robotic devices which extract d.n.a. >> this is the richest, largest, the most comprehensive data bank right now in the world. >> repor
at these transcontinental flights, wh whr it's from san francisco or boston, the fares are about 50% higher than coach fares. this week, united airlines started changing out the business class on some of those transcontinental flights, putting in flat business class seats. there will be fewer in business class. and, by the way, the question becomes why are they doing this? it's all aut selling a higher per scentage of business class flights. what united has started, we're seeing now with other airlines following. later this month, we'll see the same from delta. later this year, american will follow. and then you have jet blue announcing that it will upgrade its transcontinental service with premium service next year. what do frequent fliers think about all of this? generally speaking, they like it. >> it's great. a lot of times, you have very, very long days. you can get rested up on these flights. >> i think it's nice if you can get the upgrade, you know. but for most people, it's going to be tougher with the airlines consolidating. >> and it will be tougher because there will be fewer seats in business cl
with a look at how it all started. the week of valentine's day, 2004, newly elected san francisco mayor gavin newsom, boldly, some said recklessly orders to grant marriage li
. phoenix was up year over year, san francisco, 17.5 and then you look at the bottom of the list and new york city up just half a percent. what kind of conclusion should we draw from looking at these numbers and what's the story behind the numbers. >> short run go for phoenix. long run, go for new york. by the way, the financial sector is very low priced now, too. new york is the world's financial sector and it looks beaten down right now, but my feeling is that has a good, strong future. >> let me get you as a student of value to comment if you would on the values of the stock market today. do you think the market is priced too high for the economic underpinnings. >> it is priced highly. i have my own -- and cyclically adjusted price-earnings ratio, and that ratio is 23 which is high. then you have to remember that interest rates are very low. so it's not unnatural for them to be high. so what i'm saying is based on the cape ratio and the real return on the stock market for the next ten years might be something like 3% a year which isn't bad in the current environment. that's way better
to san francisco, the housing shortage, i mean and starting to build a lot, it is not quite true in some other areas. >> rose: it is a regional thing. >> be 2 places that are fundamentally competitive on a worldwide basis come back, and the state of massachusetts, unemployment level i think is since and change now, and so you see this in our various markets so i think the ink knew at this, the innovation, the thing in america is, you know, you are seeing that come through, and i think that is helping funnel the discussion as we goforward, we still have work to do to get it right. >> rose: you are an international banker, americans get up and read about cyprus. tell us why we should be interested in cyprus. >> well, i think you have seen the markets react. >> rose: yes, that's true. >> the household net worth is back to a strong level and why should we be interested? i think it points out the difficulty of solving some of these countries who ended up with an economy and a financial system that got out of skew, so ire lan was a -- cyprus is a case set. greece and cyprus have different ele
behind the screens action. >> nancy pelosi is in san francisco, the majority leader will be in they will ma for a civil rights march, harry reid is in washington. no work is expected. >> brown: that tells us. ed o'keeffe, megan verlee and karen kaslar, thank you all three. >> thank you. >> thank you. and you can find out how the cuts will affect two more communities: hampton roads, virginia, and st. louis, missouri. we've compiled reporting from our public media partners there. >> woodruff: local governments are facing their own budget woes. one in especially big trouble is detroit. the city faces a budget deficit of more than $300 million, and has lost a quarter million residents in the past decade. today, michigan governor rick snyder announced plans to appoint an emergency manager to oversee the city's finances and operations. that would make it the largest u.s. city under state control. snyder spoke at a community forum today. >> it's time to say we should stop going downhill. it is time to say we need to start moving upward with the city of detroit. there have b
steak in san francisco until he finally discovered the one that made the grade. and fire fighter-engineer and paramedic suwanna kerdkaew's emergency search was to find an upscale eatery. it had to be suitable for a
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